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Sanjay Jha Did Indeed Blame Android Market Apps for Poor Performance, MotoBlur to the Rescue

We actually reported on this story yesterday, but it seems to have really picked up steam this morning and wanted to make sure you all saw it.  During the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Tech Conference, Moto CEO Sanjay Jha tossed out a remark about 3rd party apps and the harm they are doing to phones.  In fact, he mentioned that some 70% of Android phones that are returned are due in large part to the crappy apps that have been loaded on them which are causing performance issues.  While I had initially assumed he was talking about sideloaded apps, I went back and listened to it again and he definitely blames it all on Android Market apps.

The scary thing here is that he went on to talk about how MotoBlur will eventually help users decide what they should be running on their phones.  According to Jha, Blur knows how long your screen has been on, the usage of your battery, etc.  The example he gave for the future was that Blur knows with “precision” what apps are killing off your battery the quickest and would be able to pop up a notification to warn you of just how poorly that app will perform.  So basically, Motorola would have data showing which apps they believe to be made the poorest and would be able to remind you of that.  We’ll try to ignore our thoughts on how developers will react to that statement.  Yikes.

He also mentioned shortly after “what it is that we determine after interacting with you that you want” in regards to the intelligence of Blur which gives me the shivers.  All I can say is that when a company claims it can help me decide what I want to do with my phone, that I’m tempted to run as fast as I can from them.

Your thoughts?

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  • Anonymous

    If anyone wants to see something funny, go to Moto’s Facebook page. First off, they have disabled the function of letting people write on their wall which I thought was strange, then I read the comments on all the posts Moto has put up and it became instantly crystal clear why they disabled wall posts. Every single comment on there (literally I am pretty sure ALL of them) we telling them to unlock bootloaders, get rid of Blur, and just all around completely bashing the company. It is truly a sight to behold. Especially when you go look at HTC or Samsungs Facebook pages and see their walls littered with comments like: “I can’t wait for the SGSll to hit our shores!” and “The new Evo looks awesome!” Moto has sank its own boat here. Still no working SD slot or even estimated time on the 4G upgrade for the Xoom? God I hope they go out of business soon.

  • Stevehunt86

    The idea of having a phone (optionally) that tells me if an app is drawing alot of power is fine with me. Going one step further and basically being an app advisor to anything I download and meddling in my personal choice, that is what will destroy Motorola (again). 

  • jason6g

    I think this is a good idea for the non-geeky, non tech inclined, mass population of their consumers. I dont know how many people i hear complaining about how crappy android is because they cant have 173 useless apps on their phone.

    As for the battery issue… my hat goes off. it does take a level of intelligence to know that having 8 twitter apps and another 17 facebook apps, all syncing in the background is going to destroy your battery. having a notification pop up explaining such is a good idea to warn those not aware. whether people actually listen and comprehend is a totally different story though.

    i think if blur keeps evolving with android it could be a nice feature to have. i believe they just need to add more prettiness and functionality that sense phones have out of the box.

  • Crobderg

    Sounds brilliant! I hope it leads to developers improving their crappy coding. Maybe we can get a standard rating that all apps are rated against. A review for the Skype app would read, “5 stars for utility, but 2 for performance”.

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder if i say that blur made android. Theyll hire me as ceo. Cuz aparently you have to be the biggest idiot on the planet to be the moto ceo.

  • Aside from my Original Droid, I’m not crazy about Motorola’s releases because of their means of futzing around with Android. I don’t think he understands that a lot of us who own the devices he creates are more than capable of determining what works best for us.  I’m happy there’s more than one manufacturer out there using Android because the more this guy speaks, the more I seek out alternative devices. :-p

  • Bengmo

    I don’t see a problem with this at all, the built in battery use page I’d pretty bad.as long as it’s not intrusive.
    I will never buy a motorola phone again though, because of the locked bootloader and they refused to fix my og droid power button claiming water damage which is BS. I’ve always used an otterbox case and. The closest it came to water is a sweaty hand now and then.

    HTC is looking good though, maybe samsung if they start updating on time.

  • Joelseph

    Moto is to Android what Big Govt is to America.  It’s cluttering the OS and by making it ‘easier’ to use it’s making it less useful.  Android is perfectly fine by itself.  If you want to put garbage on your phone, you can have a crappy phone.  But leave it up to the user and stop taking away the frigging consequences of being stupid.  The FED pumps out social programs to provide safety nets for people that make dumb decisions and perpetuate the poor living conditions they put themselves in.  Same deal.  Fail.

  • d-roids

    anyone else noticed his ginormous ears, i means them things are HUGE

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  • Goodbye, Moto. Hello, HTC. {{-_-}}

  • Jammer71477

    The fact that developers may design apps based upon the OS only might cause issues because so many UIs have their quirks to them. But the manufacturers not having as Vanilla of an Android OS will alienate the tech savy. Personally if Moto Blur, Sense or any other UI enhances my smartphone experience I would be happy. There should be an option on all phones to use it without the UI if you choose and have root free Vanilla Android.

  • Platayin

    Google needs to get its market place under control. There are a multitude of poorly made apps causing device reset and there is obviously no prescreening on malware as recent news from Lookout testifies too.  Since Google wont make apps to run without negatively affecting multiple systems, then Motorola’s ideas are valid.

  • BackOnTeamGoodGuys

    This is *precisely* the reason I went with HTC for my current android. 

  • Ernie Manning

    Android Marketplace has to do a much better job of monitoring the apps that are coming through in the first place.  Recently they have had to remove a bunch of software that was deemed as leaking customer data or unsafe.  I agree with the writer that making Blur try to tell me what to do with my device is not the right approach.  At least if he wants to do that make it optional for the user to decide whether they want those features activated or not.

  • Djenks24

    I’m afraid we are all missing an important point, we are the minority.  There are millions of people who want their phone to tell them when its performing badly.  Look at all the software for windows to clean spyware and registry files.  Its a huge industry. Most of the people using Motorola Devices just want them to work correctly all the time.  Although, I personally don’t agree with his decision for my phone, it may be a good business decision.

    • DBK

      Exactly. Thank you for pointing that out. People seem to forget that these companies cater to the majority of their customer base. We’d be lucky if we broke 1% of that user base. The company wants a profit, and obviously more profit comes from meeting the demands of the many, not the few.